A CALLUM Sweeney brace was enough to salvage a point for Andover New Street when they travelled to Fareham Town.

The hosts threw away a two-goal lead to allow Street back into the game and come away with a point as they continue their battle to avoid relegation.

Street were nearly behind within six minutes when Thomas Settle’s free-kick was tipped over the bar by George Baxter for a corner.

However, three minutes later the hosts were ahead.

Settle turned provider as his cross picked out Curt Robbins who tapped the ball in the net from close range.

The Creeksiders, themselves on a poor run of form, then doubled their lead on 12 minutes.

Simon Woods dribbled his way expertly into the box evading several challenges from Streets defence to slot the ball into the net.

Street had their first sight of goal on 17 minutes, when Shane Lock’s low shot was brilliantly saved by Fareham’s new keeper Declan McCarthy.

The visitors were on the scoresheet four minutes later when Sweeney grabbed his first of the game after Fareham failed to clear the call and the striker scrambled the ball into an empty net.

Street almost had an instant leveller but Kylen Lewis’ acrobatic overhead kick went wide.

In the second-half New Street were having the better passages of play, with Sweeney hitting a curling effort, which was well saved by McCarthy.

But on 78 minutes the decisive moment came when the hosts conceded a penalty, which Sweeney slotted to McCarthy’s left, sending the keeper the wrong way, and salvaging a point for New Street.

On Wednesday New Street leapfrogged their opponents at the bottom of the Wessex Football League Premier Division claiming a 2-0 win over Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

Kylen Lewis gave the hosts the lead on 24 minutes with Shane Lock making sure of the three points.

Street travel to Alresford Town on Saturday.